The latest Reddit Ask-Me-Anything featured PlayerUnknown Brendan Greene talking about - what else - PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. You can read the whole thing, featuring such nuggets such as Greene hoping for a single-player mode, possible changes to the Blue Zone and bullet penetration, and Father Ted references, but the most interesting fact is that the BlueHole team have already begun work on the third PUBG map, to follow the already-announced Desert Map coming soon.
The third map for PUBG will apparently be themed around the Adriatic. Read on for more information on what that could mean for the game, and apparently it could be the last one for a long time.
User o_oli asked PlayerUnknown about maps, particularly in regard to an eSports map pool where they'd need at least five. Greene responded:
"We have plans for more maps for sure. We have the new desert map in production and an Adriatic themed map is also planned. Right now we have no other maps planned, but that's not to say we won't create more in the future!"
Several points to unpack there. The Desert Map was already announced and it's probably got a release date of this year, but then the third map based around the Adriatic is something new. Greene clearly says that this is it for now, meaning three maps will probably be the maximum for a very long time, until 2019 at the earliest we'd imagine.
But what could this Adriatic map look like? Well, the Adriatic is between Italy and Croatia, including the likes of Venice and Dubrovnik as well as several islands. There is generally a lot of vegetation and some fantastic architecture. Let's have a look shall we? Just imagine scavenging these places for weapons and driving through the lovely towns shooting down folks escaping the blue wall of death.
The largest island in the Adriatic is Krk Island, just off the coast of Croatia. Take a look at the map and tell me you can't imagine playing on it, searching for the best place to parachute in on...
Then we have the big question - will this new Adriatic map make it in time for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds to leave Early Access and properly launch? Probably not. The goal is to launch PUBG and leave Early Access in 2017, early 2018 at the best. The Desert Map might just make it (and bear in mind we've seen nothing of the second map yet), in fact that'd be a nice way to launch the game. But the Adriatic Map? Very unlikely if they're just in the planning stages. We don't expect it until late 2018, minimum.
But what do you think guys? Are you looking forward to seeing more of this mysterious new third map on PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds?